Surprise Apple Pie

Surprise Apple Pie by Jim Bailey

Surprise Apple Pie

Prep Time

25 minutes

Cook Time

53 minutes



A perfectly spiced apple pie with a tangy bite that perfectly compliments the apples. And the surprise? I added some summer squash… and you, nor anyone else, would ever know!

This tasty recipe is a great way to get those vegetables into your child’s system without any knowledge. Notice the minimal amount of sugar in the filling, and this pie is as sweet as if you had added the sugar most apple pies call for. Try peeled and diced zucchini for the same effect.

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  • 3/4 cup cran-apple juice
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 single pie crust, unbaked
  • 2 cups peeled, cored and diced, sweet apple, such as Macintosh
  • 2 cups diced summer squash, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon each nutmeg and ginger

For the Streusel Topping

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup honey


  • 1 In a small saucepan, bring juice and cranberries to a boil over medium heat. Continue boiling for 3 minutes
  • 2 Remove pan from heat and set aside. Preheat oven to 350­ F
  • 3 Place the pie crust in a 9­-inch pie pan, crimping all around edges; set aside
  • 4 In a large bowl, add the apples, summer squash, cornstarch, sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Toss so apple and squash are evenly coated
  • 5 Pour into prepared pie shell. Evenly pour the cranberry mixture over the apple mixture; set aside
  • 6 For the Streusel Topping, stir the oats, flour, honey, and the remainder of cinnamon so all dry ingredients are moistened in a small bowl
  • 7 Evenly sprinkle over the top of the apple mixture and bake 40-45 minutes, or until the topping is browned
  • 8 Remove to cool slightly before serving


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